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. >> we learned today that andrew bart simpson was on the trampoline area. we do not yet know if he was tethered to the boat or if he was unable too reach an oxygen canister. we have live team coverage tonight. john fowler has been examining the risky maneuver. grieving the loss of a world class competitor tonight. >> >> reporter: this afternoon simpson's best friend described him as one of the best friends he's known. sailors are gathering for the friday night races. we talked to some who said simpson had virtually no' go and kept his gold medals and america's cup status in perspective. he was nicknamed bart for a reason. he had a sense of humor and a huge heart. >> andrew was a very good friend. it's hard to believe he's gone. >> reporter: it's a sentiment shared by almost everyone who knew him. >> he was a really good person to be around. >> reporter: matt competed in the same regatta as simpson. >> he managed to balance being at the highest end of our sport and competing at the highest level. at the same time managed to spend time at home. >> everyone here this morning has been
'm elizabeth cook. >> and i'm ken bastida. something went wrong for andrew simpson's racing team on the bay. the british sailor was trapped under water when the boat flipped. this is not the first time that the swedish team had problems is it. >> reporter: that's right. the yacht itself has been suspended from sailing at least twice since october for various reasons. the sailboat has actually been towed now to treasure island. investigators try to figure out whether the boat was faulty or the sailors made a deadly mistake. >> olympic medal winning sailor andrew bart simpson was trapped beneath his racing teams boat. by the time they reached simpson it was too late. >> it was a tragic day. someone that's very well known. and well regarded as an expert racer. >> simpson, a strategist on the swedish america's cup team was a decorated olympian. he won a gold medal in the 2008 olympics and a silver in 2012. he was also a husband and a father. >> we had a tragic day today on the bay. and our thoughts and prayers are with bart simpsons, andrew simpson's family and wife and kids and the rest of the
andrew simpson, the sailor who died. cheryl? >> well, as you can see, the artimis catermaran is here on treasure island. >> he was one of those perpetually happy people. he had a little box inside him that just gave him a very sunny outlook on life. >> team jeffrey works for team oracle. but he says he's known andrew simpson for the past 15 years. >> his role was strategist. but in this current america's cup where the boats are big and the crews are small, they've got 11 guys on these boats now. >> his real worth and value was his ability to spot the breeze. read the breeze. >> reporter: one of his teammates came to the alamed peer. >> he was one of the finest guys i ever met. really nice and caring guy. wife and two kids. it's not much more to say. >> simpson is well known around the world. he won a gold medal in the 2008 beijing olympics as a crew member. he took silver last year in the london games. >> andrew simpson "bart" as he was known as, absolutely key part for the last 15 years or so. and britain has been the most successful olympic nation for the last five games. >> this w
members, andrew simpson, 36 years old, was killed. rescuers say he was trapped under the boat for 10 minutes. today flowers lay in front of artemis headquarters in alameda. some sailing fans are wondering if the 72 foot catamarans are too big. they are searching for a cause. the team released this statement saying, quote, andrew's presence and personality was a binding force and he will be missed. right now the primary focus on artemis racing is on the well-being of our team members and their families and the america's cup competition will remain second to that." again, back live looking at pier 27 in san francisco where artemis and america's cup officials will get under way any minute now. again, when that does happen, we will bring it to you live. those who knew andrew simpson say he was a great sailor and a great person. simpson was a british sailor, one of the best into the entire world. he won a gold metal at the beijing olympics in 2008 and a silver metal last year in london of friends and fellow sailors say he was the heart and soul of the team. >> the finest guy i ever met, r
: the catamaran capsized near treasure island. 10 crew members pulled to safety but simpson remained under water. >> person apparently submerged for approximately ten minutes. eventually rescued by crew members. >>reporter: fire chief's wife says san francisco police department boat responded fears and spent 20 minutes performing cpr on simpson before pronounc pronounces him dead on shore at saint franchise yacht club. comes less than two months before the start of the america cup. event many lacking forward to. >> we watched the boats come by and practice all the tile. we always comment we watch the boats and it was just surprised commenting on it and watching them practice for the race. sad to hear that somebody died. >> in the days to come we will learn more about exactly what went wrong. publisher of sailing magazine latitude 38 said several things could have happened. >> possible mechanical failure. there could be some kinds of crew just mishap in the about usage of the boat and also of course wind wave conditions. >>reporter: he says sailor can easily get tangled in rigging become tra
in july. >> reporter: artist emotionally about a death of sailor andrew bart simpson. >> andrew was a very good friend, it is hard to believe he's gone. >> police -- center on what caused the high-tech sailboat to tip over and break apart in the bay yesterday afternoon. simpson had been positioned on the trampoline area, he was trapped under water unseen for 10 minutes. >> it appears he was trapped under some of the solid sections of the yard. >> this happens just north of treasure island, it is one of the windier area of the bay. >> it is the area that we took the -f because we-- >> the investigation will also look at the design of 70 foot catamaran. >> in any sports this is incidents when people push themselves in the apparatus to the limits and in this case it ends with a fatality and we need to find out why. >> reporter: city officials told us they defer to investigators about any possible change to the festival. in in san francisco david stevenson. ktvu channel 2 news. >> friends call andrew bart agent l giant with a huge a gentle giant with a huge heart. simpson won an ol
today. cup organizers spoke about death of sailor andrew "bart" simpson. >> andrew was a good friend. it's hard to believe he's gone. >> reporter: police say an america's cup investigation into the death of the two-time olympic medalist center on who caused this high-tech sailboat to tip over and break apart in the bay yesterday afternoon. simpson had been positioned on the trampoline area. he was trapped underwater, unseen for at least 10 minutes. it's unclear if weather he had been tethered to the boat or unable to access an oxygen canister. it is one of the windier areas of the bay, though organizers say water conditions at the time were flat. >> the area they were in is the area that we took the youth teams to go and train in february because we deemed it to be a safe area. >> reporter: the investigation will also look at the design of the 72-foot catamaran. one of two owned by the swedish artemis team. race organizers say speculation about flaws, substituting smaller boats or canceling the competition are premature. >> in any sport there are incidents when people push themselves and
's marine unit vessel was the first to respond, giving simpson cpr right away. now you police are taking over the investigation into what caused the artemus to capsize. >> i'm not a sailor. i know i wouldn't consider these extreme conditions. it's fairly windy out here today. i think any time there's a sport of any kind, there's risks involved. certainly an incident like today underscores the importance of having, you know, as much as possible adequate first responders on the bay, particularly during the season of america's cup. >> now, there was one person who suffered minor cuts, the other ten, according to the chief, were fine. san francisco police department spokesman saying the boat has been taken to treasure island. the coast guard holding it for now. the sfpd's major accident investigation team will be handling this investigation, doing things like talking to witnesses and trying to reconstruct the accident as best as it can. this is the same team that investigated that horrible crash during a boat race near the fair lawn islands last april that killed five sailors. as you heard t
. a british sailor identified as 36-year-old andrew simpson, from britain. a silver medal winner in london leaving behind a wife and a young son. on the web site the team saying quote, it's with immense sadness that artemis racing confirms the tragic death of andrew bart simpson. we want to show you where it is right now. we did tow it. the boat overturned in choppy conditions. the crew based in alameda that is where mark matthews is there tonight. mark? >> the team is now arriving back here at the compound. these were team members out trying to rescue the crew on board that stricken yacht and to recover the yacht. the 72 foot yacht cap sized while practicing. the boats are very stable until they are not and these america's cup yachts are overpouered, their sail is 130 feet high and it's solid wing this afternoon, 13 crew were on board. andrew simpson, nicknamed bart for obvious reasons. the remaining 11 all uninjured about 45 minutes ago the ceo gave a very brief statement to reporters here at the compound. >> we had a tragic day on the bay and our thoughts and prayers are with bart simps
afternoon. is sent the 12 man crew in the water. most of the crew was rescued except for andrew simpson who was trapped under the boat for 10 minutes. they performed cpr and brought him to shore to try to save his life but they were unable to do so. they stated that the conditions were windy but they were not extreme. the san francisco police department will not take over the investigation as to what caused the boat to capsize. the america's cup officials will hold a press conference and to take questions about safety and to see if anything else can be done to prevent this from happening again. >> kron4 will tran is live from alameda artemis' headquarters, with more on olympic sailors death. >> and they are mourning not just here but all over the world. here is a pitcher of antril simpson. he recently moved his family to san francisco so that he could be a part of the america's cup. he stated that the mole was hectic but it would be fun. the whole racing community as far as his teammates here but in england and new zealand are talking about this. he is well known. back in 2008 he won a gold
a taco shall. eventually trapping and killing 36-year-old olympic medalist andrew simpson. these boats have been redesigned for this summer's competition near san francisco. and perhaps that's the problem. nbc bay area's jean ellie joins us live. >> reporter: the ceo of artemis racing wrote on his website they are overpowered and fragile. investigators will figure out if something went wrong when they get the rest of big red out of the water here off treasure island. they'll be looking to see if the boat snapped. a crane hoists pieces of big red out of the water on treasure island. with members of america's cup team "artemic" watching in disbelief and san francisco police officers monitoring key evidence. a day after the 72-foot catamaran capsized killing olympian andrew simpson, america's cup organizers say it was a horrible accident. >> the boat nosedived and all that we know from that point in that maneuver is that the boat ended up upside down, capsized, broken in to many pieces. >> reporter: in the sailing world, another theory is surfacing. many believe big red broke and then cap
've seen when the yachts flip that crew members are often pitched into the water, 36-year-old simpson was thrown into the bay and pro fr what we're hearing trapped under part of the boat for as much as 10 minutes. doctors were unable to revive him after he was freed. the team is devastated by what happened. 11 members of the crew brought back here to alameda. we have pictures of that. 13 people on the boat, andrew simpson died. one team member was injured but only with minor injuries and 11 brought back here, then something that speaks to the camaraderie of competitors. italian team pulled up with their tinder, and took them back out on the bay. we've got video of the yacht sailing from the artemis web site. the team has been the subject of a lot of speculation over decision not to go with failing bagger board that's lift out of the water. the new zealand team, italian team, oracle team have gone with these foiling dagger boards but paul cayard said in his decision is that he believed the yacht would be more stable in the water in a recent e mail told reporters doesn't matter how fast
not -- ruteen 20 not -- routine 20 not wins. british double gold medalist andrew simpson drowned, trapped in rigging under the boat. >> he was submerged for 10 minutes. rescued. no pulse or breathing. >> possibly trapped. unable to get out, under the vessel. >> cpr was unsuccessful. another sailor suffered cuts. the other rescued unhurt. the catamaran is damaged and the team's future now uncertain. police will use the same team that investigated last year's fatal yacht crash. after that the coast guard tightened its regulations on racing. health and science editor john fowler ktvu channel 2 news. >> the america's cup teams had a hard time sailing in san francisco bay. oracle capsized in june 2011 on a windy day on the bay. the catamaran flipped over but the crew righted the vessel. >> last october a catamaran flipped again. the boat drifted to the bay. crews tried to tow it back to san francisco but a strong current pushed it under the golden gate bridge. 11 crew members were on board. no one was hurt. this is the second time that a sailor training for the america's cup has died. in 1999
for the america's cup race. andrew simpson part of the swedish racing team could not be saved. abc7 news reporter cornell bernard, cornell? >> the news conference will begin any moment at pier 27 which is now home to the america's cup event. we help to learn more what happened on board the racing catamaran, an accident which took the life of a star sailor. 36-year-old andrew simpson is a true superstar in the sailing world, from great britain, a two-time olympic medalist. he and his crew of ten were doing practice runs on the swedish rating catamaran artemis and something went wrong. it capsized and simpson was trapped under the water for 10 minutes. efforts to revise him were unsuccessful. the crew was pulled to safety. team is devastated. in a statement the group says "our thoughts are with andrew's family who suffered a tragic loss." artemis will conduct a thorough review of the accident. this is a picture of the room where we will hear from america's cup c.e.o. and captain from the united states coast guard investigating the incident. it is no mystery, these racing catamarans are high perform
up upside-down broken in half. at that point, simpson was out of sight. >> i think what happened yesterday was not on the radar for any of us. artemis and oracle were, uhm, out there training in what they have been doing for months. [ voice breaking ] >> and -- and looking, frankly, quite good. the difficulty is, it was to be artemis' last day. >> reporter: the team artemis 72-foot catamaran capsized during a practice run yesterday afternoon throwing all 12 crewmembers into the waters of the san francisco bay. everyone but british sailor andrew "bart" simpson made it out alive. simpson was trapped under the boat for about 10 minutes and rescuers couldn't revive the 36- year-old. >> it's a shocking experience to go through and we have a lot to deal with in the next few days in terms of assuring everybody's well-being. >> reporter: san francisco mayor ed lee spoke on kpix 5 this morning about the importance of this investigation when it comes to the upcoming america's cup event. >> i have faith the organizers know how to race, obviously safety is everybody's concern, and i want to
somerville. >> and i'm julie haener. the catamaran that belonged to andrew simpson flipped. simpson was tramped for eight minutes or so. he had won two olympic medals gold and a silver. the team was in the bay when the boat capsized. jana katsuyama tells us how this might impact the races now just two months away. but we begin with deborah villalon on treasure island. deborah. >> reporter: julie, we're looking at it right now. the red flat form upside down on a dry dock out there. the sad right lane in -- the sad remnant of a sad day. flowers only hinting at the deep loss they suffered at the white caps today. >> what were the conditions out there? >> normal san francisco condition. always tough here. >> reporter: conditions familiar to 36-year-old andrew simpson. >> we haven't been at the top three of any event this year. >> reporter: simpson sailings had won olympic gold for england. he moved his family to the bay area moving the strategist to the contender. the others surfaced, simple simpsons was submerged between eight to 10 minutes. >> the rest were trapped. possibly not abl
racing confirms the tragic death of andrew bart simpson. we want to show you where it is right now. we did tow it. the boat overturned in choppy conditions. the crew based in alameda that is where mark matthews is there tonight. mark? >> the team is now arriving back here at the compound. these were team members out trying to rescue the crew on board that stricken yacht and to recover the yacht. the 72 foot yacht cap sized while practicing. the boats are very stable until they are not and these america's cup yachts are overpouered, their sail is 130 feet high and it's solid wing this afternoon, 13 crew were on board. andrew simpson, nicknamed bart for obvious reasons. the remaining 11 all uninjured about 45 minutes ago the ceo gave a very brief statement to reporters here at the compound. >> we had a tragic day on the bay and our thoughts and prayers are with bart simpson's andrew simpson's family, wife, and kids. and also with my teammates. shocking experience to go through. and we have a lot to deal within the next few days in terms of assuring everybody's well being. >> reports
andrew bart simpson. the british sailor was trapped under the water when the catamaran flipped around 1:00 yesterday afternoon. kpix 5 reporter anne makovec is on treasure island where the boat was towed for an investigation into the deadly accident. >> reporter: it is still difficult to see that boat. but now that the light is coming up, you can see the bottom of that red figure there behind those rocks. that is where this boat for team artemis has been sitting since it was towed here last night. investigators trying to figure out whether it was faulty or if the sailors might have made a mistake causing that 72-foot catamaran to capsize yesterday afternoon throwing 12 people into the water. rescuers pulled everyone out. but british sailor andrew "bart" simpson was trapped under the boat. by the time they got to him it was too late. he was a decorated olympian winning gold and silver over the past five years. he was the strategist on the swedish america's cup team. he was 36 and had a wife and children. >> we had a tragic day today on the bay and our thoughts and prayers are with bart s
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yesterday on the bay for america's cup when tragedy struck. the 36-year-old crew member andrew simpson was killed when the boat capsized at 1:00 o'clock p.m. yesterday. sky 7 was overhead. ten crew members were rescued by simpson was not. he was underwater for at least ten minutes. paramedic spent 20 minutes trying to revise him but it was too late. >> the boat capsized. he was trapped. attempts to recess state him failed. >> we always watch this boat and the others and it was a surprise, we commended on watching them practice. it is sad to hear that someone died. >> the tragedy is less than two months before the start of the america's cup event. the bay area is looking forward to this event. investigators will be combing over the boat. they do not know what caused the boat to capsize but it is possible mr. simpson became tangled in the rigging underwater. the investigation continues. >> cornell, thank you. the crew and the racing community are taking the accident hard. six of the crew members arrived at team headquarters in alameda at tragedy carrying the sail from the cat main. this
of turkish origin. >> leading lights in the world of sailing have been paying tribute to enter simpson, who was killed on thursday when his catamaran capsized in san francisco bay. >> he was training for the america's cup boat race. >> shock and grief among family members and fellow sailors. help came too late for anderson said. rescuers pulled the 36-year old from the water, but attempts to revive him failed. >> we obviously had a tragic day to day on the day. our thoughts and prayers are with andrew simpson's family, his wife and kids. >> simpson was training with his swedish team for the america's cup, the most prestigious race in the sport of sailing. this year, it will take place in san francisco bay between july and september. winds were strong but not stormy when the teams catamaran flipped over. simpson was trapped under water for about 10 minutes. >> he was brought here to st. francis yacht club where he was met by members of the san francisco fire department. resuscitated efforts continue for approximately 21 minutes. >> one other crew member suffered minor injuries. since it is t
and windy weather. we are learning more about the victim, 36-year-old andrew simpson. he was an olympic medalist, a husband, and a father. >> reporter: i'm told simpson's team members are still in shock here. trying to understand why something so tragic would happen to their team member and friend. this is simpson's twitter page. he said in a tweet last month, moving the family to san francisco next month is pretty hectic, the cup should be fun. he won the silver medal in 2012. he was a swedish team strategist here. people came out to leave flowers for him. >> how can you not express your sympathies somehow? they are sum magnificent athletes doing amazing st. any time you push the envelope the edge, it's risky. >> reporter: everyone tells me how well liked simpson was. tomorrow, they are holding a press conference rt reporting in alley ma, scott prince, kron 4 news. >>> the fire season started a month-and-a-half early this year and the fire district says they have a dangerously low number of firefighters. take a look at the numbers. back in january of 2011. fire protection district had
olympic gold medalist andrew bart simpson. the british sailor was trapped under water when the cat flipped near treasure island. kpix 5 reporter anne makovec is on treasure island this morning where the catamaran was towed for the investigation. anne. >> reporter: that's right. now investigators are trying to figure out if there was something wrong with the boat or if this was operator error. you can see the bottom of the boat off treasure island. this is where the investigation is going to commence. the 72-foot catamaran capsized yesterday afternoon throwing all 12 people on board into the cold water. they were all members of team artemis out of sweden. rescuers pulled everyone out but british sailor andrew simpson tramped under the boat. by the time they got to him, it was too late. simpson is a decorated olympian winning gold and silver over the past five years. he was the strategist on the america's cup team. he was 36 and has a wife and children. >> we obviously had a tragic day today on the bay. and our thoughts and prayers are with bart simpson's -- andrew simpson's family, his wife
not work. ktvu claudine wong is on treasure island to tell us how the death of mr. simpson will effect the upcoming america's cup. claudine. >> it is still unclear but we expect to hear more about how this will impact the rays. in the meantime we are here on -- as you can see just past over the rocks you can see the -- here's what we know about what happened yesterday. it was yesterday afternoon the artemis team had taken that 72- foot catamaran out. it was a training run. when it flipped andrew simpson and the rest of the crew went into the water. authorities believe he may have been trapped but he was an experienced sailor who won olympic gold and silver from britain. >> we haven't been in the top three in event this year. >> reporter: simpson had moved his wife and infant son to the bay area for this race. he was serving as a strategist for the swedish team. what happens now to this event and his team that is still unclear. >> too early to say. the artemis team had two boats. this is the first boat. it wasn't the race boat. so we need to review. >> reporter: so again there is is a p
. 10 crew members pulled to safety but simpson remained under water. >> person apparently submerged for approximately ten minutes. eventually rescued by crew members. >>reporter: fire chief's wife says san francisco police department boat responded fears and spent 20 minutes performing cpr on simpson before pronounc pronounces him dead on shore at saint franchise yacht club. comes less than two months before the start of the america cup. event many lacking forward to. >> we watched the boats come by and practice all the tile. we always comment we watch the boats and it was just surprised commenting on it and watching them practice for the race. sad to hear that somebody died. >> in the days to come we will learn more about exactly what went wrong. publisher of sailing magazine latitude 38 said several things could have happened. >> possible mechanical failure. there could be some kinds of crew just mishap in the about usage of the boat and also of course wind wave conditions. >>reporter: he says sailor can easily get tangled in rigging become trapped in a hole or be knocked unc
in the bay. officials say it nose dived before breaking into piece autos andrew simpson died in that training accident. he served as a strategist. abc 7 news joins us live now in san francisco with more. mark? >> tonight we know, yesterday, at 1:00 the artemis, 72-foot race boat came apart doing a maneuver going down wind. we know andrew bart simpson was trapped underwater as much as 10 minutes before being pulled from the wreckage. the yacht known as big red was turning down wind in what is termed a fair away maneuver. the boat suffered a catastrophic failure. what happened, we don't know. >> andrew was a very good friend. >> today the race chairman struggled to get the words out as he described simpson, who just joined the team in february. >> he was doing what he loved. it was his passion. and andrew was used to having done at the highest level that we could. >> the chairman could not say what happened to the hull yesterday afternoon. >> it nosedived and the point is that the boat ended up upside down, cap sized, broken in to many piece autos simpson was trapped under some of the solid sec
and it flipped during a training run. 36-year-old andrew simpson and 11 others were thrown into the water. simpson may have been trapped up to ten minutes. oracle saw the crash and called for help but they were not able to save simpson. these boats are designed to push limits and their two hole design can cause these boats to flip. >> when you do that on a boat of this power and size, the result can be a lot more difficult or catastrophic. >> simpson was regarded as an expert sailor. he moved his wife and infant son to the bay area just for this race. in terms of the race we mentioned the press conference later this morning. race organizers will be there as well. certainly a lot to talk about. what happens next as the america's cup race set for the summer moves ever closer. live here on treasure island claudine wong. >> our coverage continues well on our website at ktvu.com. we posted more information about the racing career of andrew simpson. you can also see unedited video of the boat recovery operation. you can look for the bay area news tab right on our front page. >>> new information
. the catamaran that belonged to andrew simpson flipped. simpson was tramped for eight minutes or so. he had won two olympic medals gold and a silver. the team was in the bay when the boat capsized. jana katsuyama tells us how this might impact the races now just two months away. but we begin with deborah villalon on treasure island. deborah. >> reporter: julie, we're looking at it right now. the red flat form upside down on a dry dock out there. the sad right lane in -- the sad remnant of a sad day. flowers only hinting at the deep loss they suffered at the white caps today. >> what were the conditions out there? >> normal san francisco condition. always tough here. >> reporter: conditions familiar to 36-year-old andrew simpson. >> we haven't been at the top three of any event this year. >> reporter: simpson sailings had won olympic gold for england. he moved his family to the bay area moving the strategist to the contender. the others surfaced, simple simpsons was submerged between eight to 10 minutes. >> the rest were trapped. possibly not able to get out from underneath the vessel. >> it's
at about 1:15 this afternoon. the team says 36-year-old andrew simpson was trapped for about ten minutes. he died despite desperate efforts to revive him. he was married and a two time olympic medallist. the team was training just northwest of treasure island when they boat capsized. they called rescuers nearby. >> i wouldn't consider these extreme conditions. >> it's fairly windy out here today. >> any time there's a sport of any kind, there's risks involved. >> officials say that winds were blowing about 20 miles an hour on the bay at the time which is considered typical for this time of year. >> our coverage continues live from alameda. >> he has new details from the team leader. >> we've seen members from the team returning to the dock this afternoon. can you see a couple of speedboats. >> these just pulled in, in the last 20 minutes ago. >> the team confirmed this afternoon that the 36-year-old olympian was the man trapped under the boat when it capsized. >> the ceo spoke briefly saying today was a tragic day for the team. >> our thoughts and prayers are with bart simpson's -- andre
accident is 36 your old andrew simpson. here is a british olympic gold medalist, as well as a husband and a father. he is on a heartemis and has been living in san francisco with his family while training for the big america's cup race this summer. it was only recently that simpson was tweet thing about the dangers of selailing. >> a press conference will be held today at 11:00 a.m. with the america's cup events ceo. we are expected to get an update on what exactly caused the boat accident. this is not the first time that a bowl connected with the america's cup has capsized in the bay. last year team oracle had is 72 ft catamaran capsize door and a practice run near the golden gate bridge. the $8 million boat capsized as 4 mi. from shore. there were no injuries but the $2 million wing of the vessel was damaged beyond recognition. >> an earthquake rattled the bay area last night. a magnitude 3.4 earthquake hit just before 10:00 p.m.. the usgs says that the epicenter is located near the east foothills area. that is about 9 mi. from san jose along the calaveras fault. it was about 4 mi.
divers. >> andrew bart simpson carrying an oxygen bottle but when divers found him he was unconscious and could not be revived what. caused the accident? we know the boat was turning down wind in which it is forsd down. >> they go down when they bear away. the boat ended up cap sized. the hull upside down, broken. and in seconds between going upwind to pictures that we've seen at this stage you know there is a gap in between. >> we know the crew member was australian nathan aldridge. his father talked with nbn television about what his son said of the accident. >> he heard cracking noises and boat tipped on its side. before it went right over the main frame just broke and collapsed like a taco shell cracking. >> the regatta directer and chairman are pushing aside speculation about a collapse waiting until next week before they cull qe the crew. >> that is why we're here to try to give the team the racing team, space, and time. >> oracle says out of respect for the artemis team they will not sail until next week mark matthews abc 7 news. >> the sail boat that cap sides was design forwa
. >> simpson, a strategist on the cup team was a decorated olympian. he won a gold medal in the 2008 olympics and a silver in 2012. he was a husband and a father. >> we obviously had a tragic day today on the bay and our thoughts and prayers are with bart simpson and andrew simpson's family and wife and kids and with the rest of the teammates. >> on the facebook page, those who knew him say he died doing what he loved, but tonight, precisely what went wrong on the water is still unclear. the vessel had been plagued with problems. its first sail was delayed after team members reported hearing noises aboard the boat in october. according to the america's cup website. months later, sailing was suspended again. it tipped during training last year. though no one was hurt in that accident. now, the future of a grief stricken team is suddenly cast into doubt. now we don't really know whether the team will continue in this race. they could decide to pull out of it. they are not making that clear at this point. if they decide to continue to participate in the race, they would have to rebuild that bo
in the community. andrew simpson was a great person, terrific sailer and a good friend. our thoughts are with his family and the artemis racing team. he will be missed. >> today's tragedy was the latest in a series of problems to hit the america's cup as they practice on san francisco bay. adamartemis racing -- artemis racing had a previous set back. a beam failed. the team completed repairs. two days before that oracle flipped in the bay during a training run. a strong current pushed the catamaran under the golden gate bridge. last summer the catamaran raced in the america's cup world series more than one flipped over, including this one and on june 13, 2011, oracle's racing boat cart wheeled on the bay. one crew member suffered minor rib injuries. our chief meteorologist bill martin has been looking into what the conditions were like when the artemis racing boat flipped over. >> nothing unusual. wind conditions exactly what you would expect and that is why they were practicing. these are the winds they would expect. winds were 20-22 miles per hour. some areas 15. winds were west, southwest. mor
and 10 others were rescued. >> abc 7 news learned andrew simpson died in the accident. he's a british double olympic medalist. and happening right now, you can see a catamaran is being towed and there it will be tied up for inspection. >> we have a pru of -- view of this for you from the ground. this is being towed to shore. it happened around 1:00 this afternoon. abc 7 news is live in alameda for us with the story. mark? >> we're at the boat yard and behind me, you can see the place looks deserted. crew members took off several hours ago. after this accident happened they went to try to help the yacht cap sized around 1:00 in the afternoon before city front and alcatras island. the 72 foot catamaran sailing in winds gusting over 25 miles per hour. when they flip over, it can be catastrophic, sending crew members flying into yachts wing or into the water, we're hearing the olympic sailor was trapped under the boat either mr the wing or one of the pontoons as much as 10 minutes. he and one other crew member was rushed to the dock at the st. francis yacht club. the gold medalist could n
bay area fans are thinking about but internationally. his name is andrew simpson, 36 years old. he moved his entire family to san francisco from britain. the reason why i say internationally is because he is known throughout the world. and 2008 he won a gold medal at the beijing games and last year and london he won a silver medal. he is so beloved by the racing community that back in britain there was supposed to be and honor today for another racing team at buckingham palace and when they found out what happened to their friend andrew simpson they called the buckingham palace and said it would not be inappropriate for us to receive an award what our friend passed away. >> thank you very much. it was not too long ago that we had another accident on the water connected to the america's cup. at least a practice anyway. steam or call, we h team oracle million r craft slipped over and dumped 14 people into the water. there were luckily no injuries in that accident but there was substantial damage done to that craft. >> a couple of stories we are following this morning won the world tr
. andrew bart simpson drowned yesterday when his boat went down. >> there are several key questions investigators are hoping to answer. >> san francisco investigators investigated about the accident yesterday. >> they spoke about the death. >> andrew was a very good friend. it's hard to believe he's gone. >> police send american cup investigations into the two time medallist on on what caused it to tip over and break apart. >> he was trapped under water unseen for at least ten minutes. >> it's unclear whether he had been able to access an oxygen canister. >> it appears he was trapped under some of the solid sections of the yacht. >> the accident happened just north of treasure island, one of the windier areas of the bay. >> it's the area we took the youth area we trained because we deemed it safe. >> one two of owned by the swede itch team, race organizers say canceling the competition entirely are premature in any sport, there are incidents when people push themselves in their apparatus to the limit. in this case, it ends with a fatality. >> america's cup is generated about $900 mi
with engineering or construction. it killed andrew simpson a two time olympic medallist from the quantityed kingdom. team mates devastate devastated. this is video of the crew bringing up the sail from the catamaran and into the team compound late today in alameda. the 72 foot yacht capsized while practicing for the america's cup races at 1:00 o'clock this afternoon. as 1 person said catamaran are stable until they are not. sail is 130 feet high and the solid wing is susceptible to capsizing. the wind were between 25 and 30 knot. 11 crew members were open board. similar so that was trapped under the boat when it flipped over. now the other crew member suffered serious -- minor injuries. ceo gave the brief statement today. >> we obviously had a tragic day today on the bay. is and our thoughts and prayers are with bart simpson, andrew simpson, family, wife and kids. and also with my, rest of the team mates. shocking experience to go through. we have a lot to deal with in the next few days if terms of assuring everybody well-being. >> doctors with the team on the water worked on simp
a champion yesterday. british yacht racer and 2008 olympic medalist simpson died after his catamaran capsized. simpson and his team were training for the american cup race when the vessel overturned trapping him under water for several minutes. all other crew members have been accounted for. the racing company ceo said the entire team is devastated by what happened. >>> what was first thought to be a gustnado they said it was a weak tornado that touched down. no injuries or damages were reported there. dylan dreyer is here. >> it's very surprising, and from a meteor logical standpoint, we need to classify it of what it is. there is no more of that in the forecast for california for today or the weekend. the severe weather is down through the gulf coast and through the ohio river valley today. temperatures are going to be extremely warm once again today. you see all of those showers firing up, those will most likely redevelop today. look at our high temperatures today. seattle, 68, otherwise, 70. it looks like the warm weather is going to stick around through seattle. we'll see showers move th
on the bay yesterday morning when the catamaran capsized. 36-year-old andrew simpson was trapped under the both and died. the coast guard, san francisco police and the america's cup event authority are all investigating the incident. in the past hour, investigators spoke publicly about the accident. claudine wong is live in san francisco with the emotional tribute to the artemis sailor who died and their thoughts on how this will affect the races on the bay. >> reporter: that press conference wrapped up been the past ten minutes at pier 37. if you take a look around, you can see people breaking down and the interview still being conducted. we've learned organizers said nothing is off the table which means there could be no changes following this accident or the race could be called. they just won't say. only saying a review must be done first before decisions could be made. it was emotional here. no representatives from the artemis team because the america's cup regatta director said they are giving them time to grieve. although it became very quickly, very quickly that they are grievi
into this week's accident is complete. 36-year-old olympic sailor andrew simpson died on that training run on the bay on thursday. and many people in the sailing world believe the 72-foot catamaran broke before it capsized. k kimball livingston has covered america's cup racing for 30 years. he says the cutting edge catamarans are delicate by design and that team artemis was having structural problems with that yacht from the very beginning. >> in terms of the integrity of the structure, what you have is a lot of pressure being put on two large hulls separated by 46 feet, and they're joined by the minimum of structure because you want to keep it light. the boats are built entirely of carbon fiber and the less you put there, the faster the boat potentially can be, but obviously if you don't put enough, it breaks. >> any decision to make safety changes to the boats or to the race course on the bay will likely be made after the investigation is complete. officials are expected to announce a probable cause this coming week. >>> three american's cup boats have now capsized in the bay in the past
from where we are. andrew simpson died when artemis racing boat capsized. he was 36, a husband and father, excited about moving to the bay area for six months to prepare for america's cup. he is a two time olympic sailor was trapped under the catamaran when it capsized yesterday. the president of the team says the crew is in shock over this tragedy. >> it is certainly not the first of our concerns, the boat, we are focused on the people. >> the entire sailing community is greening. the flag is at half staff and so are flags at pier 30 and 32 home of the new zealand and italian team and the oracle team usa as well. a news conference scheduled for later this morning where the america's couple c.e.o. will talk about the accident and the investigation which now is underway. >> artemis racing tweeted a photo an hour before the accident showing the team right before they took to the water. it read "a small gathering before dock off, good breeze and sunny conditions." this is not the first accident during training. last october or a california team flipped putting the catamaran to the
moments, i saw the paramedics working on andrew simpson, performing on him. we watched after 20 minutes, and then they stopped. from a bird's eye view, you can see the artemis racing boat capsized in the bay. the first responders were called. >> we were called by the racing boat to notify us that another racing vessel, the artemis, had capsized near the ferry. >> reporter: a day turning tragic. the artemis racing team publi published this photo this afternoon. the chief said that simpson was likely trapped under the boat for ten minutes before people pulled him onto the chase boat where the doctor was waiting. >> there was no pulse or breathing from the person in the water. >> reporter: a san francisco police marine unit vessel, the first to respond. >> that is when the officer from the marine had jumped onto the chase boat and assisted with the cpr of the victim. >> reporter: the major accident investigation team is now taking the lead in determining what caused the artemis to capsize, this is the same team that investigated the boat accident last april that left five sailors dead. the
that was reported missing. >> reporter: that was 36-year- old andrew "bart" simpson, a double olympic gold medal ills for britain now working for the swedish team artemis. he was found 10 minutes later trapped under the boat. they tried on the got revive him. they tried onshore to revive him. there were desperate attempts by team members, firefighters and police. they failed. >> i wouldn't consider these extreme conditions. it's fairly windy out here today. i think, you know, anytime there's a sport of any kind, there's risks involved. >> reporter: 15 to 20 knots, 1:00 a.m. an amateur said he would go out in this but not worse. oracle's boat capsized recently but no one was hurt. we may not know what happened for some time. it's now a police investigation. >> it falls within the san francisco police jurisdiction. and especially since there was a fatality, we have a duty to investigate. so we can't say whether or not it's criminal at this point. >> reporter: the america's cup race is set for this summer in san francisco and has had its share of controversy so far. this no doubt will only add to
bay. all 13 sailors were rescued but one of them has died. he's identified at andrew simpson of great britain, right there on the right. he won an olympic gold medal in sailing in 2008. the tiny town of west texas was devastated three weeks ago when ammonium night rate blew up at a fertilizer storage facility. 14 people were killed and 200 were hurt. it turns out the federal government has no idea how many other warehouses may pose a danger. and manual bojorquez looked into this. >> reporter: the blast at the west fertilizer company left a crater more than 90 feet wide and was felt 70 miles away. investigators are still sifting through the rubble to find what caused the fire that lead to the ammonium nitrate explosion. volunteer firefighter robert payne was just 35 yards away. >> as soon as the blast went off everything went blank. my boots were in one place, and i was in another. in other words, i was flown out of my boots. >> reporter: were the firefighter as ware of what was if there and how much of it? >> well, no, certainly not how much. that's for sure. >> reporter: the fertiliz
olympic gold medalist andrew bart simpson. the sailors would trapped under water when the catamaran flipped under treasure island. anne makovec is on treasure island this morning where the boat was towed for an investigation into that deadly accident. anne. >> reporter: yes. and they are going to be looking very closely at the boat. this is what we believe is the boat parked behind me here on treasure island. investigators are trying to figure out if the boat itself was faulty or the sailors made a mistake causing the 72-foot catamaran to capsize yesterday afternoon throwing all 12 on board yesterday afternoon. everyone got out except bart simpson tracked under the boat. it was too late by the time they got to him. he won a gold and silver medal in the olympics over the past five years. he was the strategist on the swedish america's cup team. he was 36 and has a wife and children. >> shocking experience to go through. and we have a lot to deal with in the next few days in terms of assuring everybody's well- being. >> reporter: there are messages of condolence posted now on the artem
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